The St. Michael School library strives to provide a welcoming, safe atmosphere in which students can deepen their knowledge and love of reading. Each week students in kindergarten through 4th grade visit the library for instruction and book checkout. Some of the topics covered are book care, proper library behavior, self-checkout, how to locate books on the shelf, authors and illustrators, and fiction versus non-fiction. Grades 3 and 4 also work with the online catalog and research databases during instruction time.
The librarian works with the teachers in grades 5-8 to help with classroom instruction. Some of the topics for older students are science fair brainstorming, History Day, InfOhio databases, MLA guidance including in text citations and annotated bibliography, primary and secondary sources, and genre.
Destiny Online Catalog
We use the Destiny Online Catalog which can be accessed from the following link: http://stmichaelschool.follettdestiny.com.
Once you arrive at this site, click on the St. Michael School link and then search the traditional online catalog. Or, after clicking on the St. Michael School link, you can click on “Login” in the upper right corner to log into Destiny Quest where you can access your own circulation record, renew books, place holds, view/create lists, and search for books!
We are a Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reader school and subscribe to the full package of reading quizzes. AR is a progress-monitoring system that provides data on overall reading comprehension of the entire school, groups, and individuals through quizzes taken on books read. If parents are interested in checking the progress of their student’s AR quiz taking, they can use the following Home Connect link: http://Hosted70.renlearn.com/100999/HomeConnect and then use their students actual AR username and password to log in. (Please note: No quizzes can actually be taken from this site or from anywhere other than the school network.)
And don’t forget the AR Quiz Store at http://www.renlearn.com/store/quiz_home.asp where students and their parents can find book reading level, quiz point value, and quiz # information before they ever commit to reading a book. If a quiz has been created for a book, you will find it at this site.
Additionally, the AR Book Finder site (http://www.arbookfind.com/default.aspx) allows you to search for AR books by reading level, interest level, and topic.
Each year, the library chooses a new AR race theme for classes to compete against each other and for students to track individual progress. It’s just for fun but competition is stiff!
Our holdings consist of 10,000 volumes. Currently our collection offers print books to our students but the future will most likely bring e-books! (Who doesn’t love their Kindle or Nook?!) Teachers have access to our print collection, plus a number of professional magazines/journals, and videos/DVDs to use in instruction.
We rely heavily on INFOhio, a collection of research databases accessible to all Ohio K – 12 students, their parents and their teachers. Many of these research databases are referred to often during library instruction sessions, especially with grades 5 – 8. The web address for INFOhio is www.infohio.org. If prompted for a username/password, it is “catholic” and then “gogod.”
We have one fall and one spring Book Fair.
We try to hold at least one author/illustrator visit per year and a committee of upper grade students help with this event.
The School Librarian teaches grades K – 4 on a weekly basis. Grades 5 – 8 receive formal library instruction from the librarian on a project-needed basis. When these grades are working on projects/papers that require research, the librarian loves to work with them, showing them useful databases, helping them tweak their Internet searches or identify and locate books, and assisting them to evaluate and analyze their research findings. She works closely with classroom teachers to cover the research instruction needs of each group based on their assignments.
Our busy library could not be successfully run without the generous help of many parent volunteers! Thank you! Additionally, there are a number of 6th grade library assistants who help in the library before the school day officially starts each morning and during recess and end of day bus calls. Thank you, too! You are all such wonderful help!
If you are interested in sharing your time with us in the St. Michael School Library, e-mail our librarian, Mrs. Sarff at firstname.lastname@example.org.